So last week there was a wonderful feature article about Spencer Hill Press in Publishers Weekly. (You can read the article here!) And, as if that wasn't exciting enough, it was also the official announcement of my most recent secret project! After waiting (impatiently :) for many months, I am thrilled to announce that the amazing Kate Kaynak has asked me to head up our new YA Contemporary imprint, SPENCER HILL CONTEMPORARY!
I am so excited to be able to share this incredible news with all of you and share (in just a few short weeks!) some of the amazing titles we will be publishing in 2013! Contemporary YA has always been a great love of mine and I could not be happier about having the opportunity to work with some absolutely incredible authors and books!
Spencer Hill Contemporary is going to publish the full spectrum of YA contemporary titles -- from light, sparkly comedies to darker, edgier dramas. All of these books will bring to life vivid, authentic teen voices and stories.
In honor of this amazing news, I wanted to do an impromptu pitch contest here on the blog! We have plans to do a few of these over the next few months, but this one is going to be a bit more specific than most.
I'm looking for a contemporary YA romance or romantic comedy that takes place over the winter holidays. Think Anna and the French Kiss -- but during the holidays. Or something like Jenny Han's The Summer I Turned Pretty series -- at New Year's. The best example I can think of is Louise Plummer's The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman. First published in 1995, this is my absolute favorite holiday YA. It's not the holidays until I've done my annual re-read of this adorable, snarky love story about a budding romance writer who falls for her older brother's best friend.
So here are the rules! The contest will be open until September 25th. In the comments below include your title, word count, and a pitch of no more than 50 words. I am looking for completed, polished manuscripts, though I would consider a work-in-progress if the pitch really blows me away. Please include some way for me to contact you. I will email the winners to request pages after the contest closes.
Thank you to everyone who has been celebrating with the Spencer Hill Press team over on Twitter and Facebook! Stay tuned for some very exciting book announcements in the next few weeks!